L is for Lemon Love!

With it being peak cold and flu season, citrus fruits seem to be an all too common topic – and for good reason! Citrus fruits help boost your immune system, lower the risk of some cancers and heart disease, and are high in antioxidants, so what’s not to love?! 

Since all the hype tends to be around oranges and grapefruit, we’re going to focus on the underrated and very versatile lemon. It can be used to flavor meat or fish, spruce up a side dish, or create a bright topping to a dessert. Amazing, right?

The JLO Cookbook has recipes to cover anything you’re in the mood for. Looking for a healthy recipe after all of that holiday food? Try the recipe for Baked Lemon Salmon. Looking for a unique side dish? We’ve got you covered with the Sweet Lemon Glazed Carrots! But if you’re feeling like us and it’s just been a long winter, relax with a little comfort food and try the recipe for Lemon Cheesecake. This recipe is so simple to make and could be the bright spot this endless winter needs.

Lemon Cheesecake

# Servings: 10 – 12 Category: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 25 golden sandwich cookies
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • 32 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups lemon curd

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Proces the cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Combine the crumbs, butter, and salt in a bowl and mix well.  Press over the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Let stand to cool. Beat the cream cheese in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add the sugar gradually, beating constantly. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Pour two-thirds of the batter over the crust. Dollop with 1  cup of the lemon curd and swirl gently with a knife. Spread with the remaining batter. Bake the cheesecake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until set. Turn off the oven. Let the cheesecake stand in the oven for 15 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cheesecake to loosen. Let stand on a wire rack for 1 hour or until cooled completely. Chill, covered, for 10 to 24 hours. Remove the side of the pan. Place the cheesecake on a plate. Top with the remaining lemon curd. Garnish with candied lemon slices. 

To learn more or purchase your own copy of the A Century of Serving cookbook click here.

Images by Joshua Foo 

Once you’ve made it, break out portrait mode and show us your creation! Don’t forget to tag us @JLOmaha!

You can find this recipe and more in the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook, available online at the link below or one of our many local retailers: https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/

Upcoming Bargain Bash Drop Off Dates

Do you have any gently used home goods, clothing, kitchen appliances, décor, or furniture that are
taking up valuable space in your home? Donate them to our JLO Bargain Bash Rummage Sale! We will
be holding several drop-off dates over the coming months to collect your donations.
Upcoming drop-off date:

There will be NO drop-off date in December, but we will be back in 2021 with more opportunities to
donate!

When: January 16, 2021
Where: Junior League of Omaha Headquarters; 12315 Pacific Street
When: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

When: February 20, 2021
Where: Junior League of Omaha Headquarters; 12315 Pacific Street
When: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Swing on by during one of our drop-off times, and our wonderful Junior League member volunteers will help you unload any items you wish to donate. Feel free to package smaller items into boxes, bags, or totes that you do not mind donating. Our volunteers are also happy to help you unload any larger scale items that you may wish to donate as well.

Additionally, in the interest of keeping everyone safe, you will notice that all of our volunteers will be
wearing masks and gloves for the duration of the drop-off timeframe, and we strongly encourage you to wear your mask as well! We are committed to ensuring a safe and hassle-free drop-off experience for
you, and will do whatever we can to be respectful of your comfort level.

So if you have donation item(s) that are good shape and/or working condition, bring them on down to
us! Your generous donations are crucial for the success of this event. Every single item donated
contributes to the fundraising success of this event, which allows the League to continue to impact and
support our community through our projects and league engagement.

And don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and family. Every donation counts!

Holiday Dessert Guide

Let’s face it, the holidays just aren’t going to look the same this year. We’re all hunting for ways to spend distanced time with our closest family, and the Junior League of Omaha cookbook can help you find recipes that can be made into single servings to make life a little easier.

Have a peanut butter lover in the family? Try our Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe! If you want something a little smaller, our Dark Chocolate and Seas Salt Sables more than get the job done. You can also find a recipe for Apple Pie Bars or Bourbon Baked Apples to put a single-serving twist on a holiday favorite dessert, or keep it even more simple with Sweet and Salty Caramel Brownie Bites. Whatever you’re craving, the JLO cookbook can satisfy.

The best thing we can do in this complicated time is keep the holidays simple, so our gift to you this holiday season is our amazing recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Junior League of Omaha – A Century of Serving 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

# Servings: 8 Dozen Category: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 6 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Directions

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well. Break the eggs into a bowl. 

Cream the butter,shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs 2 at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans. Chill the dough for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto non stick baking sheets. Bake for 11 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to waxed paper to cool completely. 

To learn more or purchase your own copy of the A Century of Serving cookbook click here.

Images by Joshua Foo 


You can find this recipes and more in the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook, available online at the link below or one of our many local retailers: https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/

The Perfect Holiday Gift

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? The Junior League of Omaha cookbook is a festive option – sure to wow your family and friends! Want to make your gift extra special? Check out a few ways to bundle A Century of Serving:

  • Wrap one in a pretty tablecloth, dish towel, or placemats.
  • Buy a cocktails book and attach a mini bottle and cocktail stirrer
  • Place one inside a skillet, frying pan, or grill pan and tie with ribbon
  • Use a knife and fork as part of the bow to wrap it with
  • Tie on a slim bottle of flavored olive oil or a unique spice to the front
  • Add a bamboo cutting board and a set of three whisks tied with some ribbon.

Order your cookbook today at  https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/ or from one of our many local retailers.

Adapting our Community Impact with COVID

COVID-19 has affected every family in our community, hear from Community Impact Council Director Catherine Harrington on how this has affected her family, the Junior League of Omaha and how were are continuing our community impact safely during these times.

This time of year is always my favorite. I love the decorations, the cheery music and the overall feeling of warmth and love despite the temperatures plummeting and  the days growing shorter. As we near the end of fall and enter the winter holiday season I like to pause and reflect on the past year. And this year has been quite the doozy.

Gratitude is a daily practice for our family. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. 2020 has taken so much from so many, and sometimes it’s hard to see the glass as half-full. 

For my family and I COVID has been more of an inconvenience. We haven’t seen my family in Chicago since February, and that’s tough. But for some families their lives have been turned upside down by the loss of a job, or worse, a loved one.

While this year has been “different”, I’m also grateful for some of the things to come out of our new covid lifestyle. I’m grateful for a slower pace of life and more time at home with my family. I’m grateful for the opportunity to join meetings virtually, although I do so miss seeing my friends in person. 

But what I’m most thankful for is seeing the way our community has come together. Neighbors checking in on each other. An extra trip to the grocery store to pick up supplies for an older couple. The love and outpouring of support for our medical community who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe is inspiring. Healthcare workers are super heroes.

 

I love to see people working together for the common good. As a public health crisis, we are all responsible for helping to flatten the curve and keep each other safe. Staying at home as much as possible is so important right now. It isn’t always easy, but it’s essential. To those of you who are doing their part to mask up and limit in person interactions, thank you.

Our league recognizes your sacrifice and we appreciate you. We are here to support you in any way we can. Reach out to your fellow league members for a virtual coffee date or happy hour. Attend one of our (amazing) zoom trainings and get in some virtual socialization. Pitch in and lend a hand in one of our virtual community impact shifts. The Done in a Day and Food Access teams have worked hard to offer opportunities to learn and help virtually. 

League Letters is a particular favorite of mine. We meet virtually for conversation and comraderie while writing hand written notes of support and encouragement to nonprofits, healthcare workers, or anyone needing a kind word. 

Virtual Meeting for League Letters

If you feel comfortable leaving home and volunteering in person we have physically distanced impact shifts available. Your safety, our partners safety and those we serve is of the utmost importance to us. We are only partnering with agencies who take their physical distancing and covid protocols seriously. 

Right now the need in our community is higher than ever. The nonprofits and agencies in our community are stretched thin and we want to support them as much as possible. 

But most importantly, we’re continuing to offer safe, physically distanced impact shifts for those we serve. Many members of our community don’t have the luxury of staying at home safely. They might not have enough food at home or diapers for their baby. They might not have a safe, stable home life. They might not have heat.

These are issues that many of our neighbors struggle with. These are the people we are committed to serving. Food insecurity in our community is through the roof. Our partners at Heart Ministry Center are seeing unprecedented numbers of people using their drive up pantry, and don’t expect those numbers to go down any time soon. 11% to 17% of Nebraskans are expected to face food insecurity, while 17% to 23% of the state’s children deal with hunger. 

I can imagine it’s hard to find gratitude if you’re struggling with basic needs. It’s hard to see the glass as half-full when you don’t have a cup. 

If covid has taught us anything, it’s that our community is only healthy and thriving if we all are. Like our city’s public health, the strength, vibrance and health of our community is a cumulative reflection of all of us.

This holiday season please remember that you get more by giving. That warm, cozy feeling we love so much this time of year is from the outpouring of love and generosity this time of year. Join us for a virtual or in person impact shift. Make a donation, however big or small to your favorite nonprofits. Do something kind for someone you love, or a perfect stranger. 

I hope you ladies have a beautiful holiday season with those you love. I’m proud to be part of an organization that was founded to serve others and make a positive impact in our community. I am grateful for all that you do, and I’m grateful for your friendship. Thank you for being here. 

The Junior League of Omaha Chicken Piccata

This amazing Chicken Piccata recipe will remind you of your favorite restaurant experience right in the comfort of your own home! With only 30 minutes of total work, this dinner recipe is simple, fast and delicious. Almost sounds too good to be true, right?!

Needs some extra help tackling chicken? Check out our tips below.

  1. Halve your chicken breasts. If you aren’t able to purchase thin chicken breasts, you can butterfly them to double your servings and ensure more even cooking.
  2. Don’t cook chicken cold. Let’s be real, chicken doesn’t taste good when it’s overcooked. The best way to avoid this is to reduce the amount of cook time needed. Instead of going straight from fridge to frypan, let your chicken sit on the counter for roughly 30 minutes to come to room temperature.
  3. Don’t start with a cold pan. For the same reasons as above, it’s not helpful to start with a cold pan because the chicken cooks more slowly, juices start to seep out as the pan heats, and results in pale and overcooked chicken.

Now use these tips with the recipe below and go show us how it’s done! Don’t forget to tag #JLOmaha and @jlomaha in your social media posts when you brag about your cooking skills. 

Chicken Picatta

# Servings: 4 Category: Main Dishes

Serving Size: Pan Size: Saute Pan

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons water
  • ¾ cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons (about) olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 or 2 lemons, cut into halves
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ brined capers, rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Pound the chicken breasts to ¼-inch thickness between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper to taste.

Mix the flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper on a shallow plate. Beat the egg and water in a shallow bowl. Coat each chicken break with flour, shaking off any excess. Dip in the egg mixture and coat with bread crumbs.

Heat 1 tablespoon of hte olive oil in a large saute pan over medium to medium-low heat. Cook the chicken breasts in batches in the hot oil for 2 minutes per side or until brown, adding additional olive oil as needed and removing batches to a baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Wipe out the saute pan with a dry paper towel. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the pan. Squeeze the lemon juice into the butter, adding the lemon halves. Add the wine, capers, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Remove from heat. Add the remaining butter and swirl the pan to mix. Discard lemon halves. 

Place a chicken breast on each of 4 plates, spoon equal portions of the sauce over each breast. Sprinkle each with parsley and garnish each with a lemon slice. 

Photos submitted by Nola in St. Augustine, Florida.

Chicken Piccata is one of the recipes in the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook, available online and in stores now: https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/

#GivingTuesday402

SHARE Omaha and Omaha Community Foundation Change the Landscape of Giving in the Omaha Community

What gives? 

We’re all probably familiar with the Omaha Community Foundation’s “Omaha Gives! Day of Giving” – over the last eight years $58 million has been raised for 1,000 local nonprofits. WOW!! Omaha Gives focused on one day of giving each year. 

Sounds great, right? So what’s changing, and why? 

While they’ve had a truly amazing run, Omaha Gives will be going away. Don’t worry, the Omaha Community Foundation isn’t going anywhere! They are using the time and energy that went into developing Omaha Gives and refocusing it on different ways to better help the Omaha community. Now, SHARE Omaha will be taking the lead as the Greater Omaha Area donation and volunteer platform. SHARE Omaha is a one stop shop for finding helpers to support in our community And for becoming one of them. How great is it that you can find all that at https://shareomaha.org/?

Hey! What Gives? I’ll miss Omaha Gives! Will there be another day of giving?

Absolutely! Giving back isn’t canceled. SHARE Omaha participates in the global generosity movement, Giving Tuesday! And it’s right around the corner. . . mark your calendar! This is their second year being a part of Giving Tuesday, promoting #GivingTuesday402 and #GivingTuesday712. We are excited to join in and grow this movement with them! GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. This global movement will take place this year on Tuesday, December 1st. Our Omaha metro area celebrates December 1 with #GivingTuesday402. 

Why Give?

2020 has been a year unlike any other. We all share the challenges of 2020, and together we show our strength by giving – and doingall we can for each other. Giving Tuesday – December 1 – is our day. We can harness the power of all, with ALL gifts and ALL ways of doing good. All hearts and hands will lift the Omaha metro for #GivingTuesday402. 

With over 100 years of combining volunteer service and experience, the Junior League of Omaha is a 501(c)(3) organization of women committed to the women and children of the Omaha community. We focus on addressing one of Omaha’s most critical and unmet needs — hunger and access to healthy foods

  • According to the Food Research and Action Center, Nebraska is 7th in the nation for food insecurity.
  • 1 in 6 Nebraska children struggle with hunger (Map the Meal Gap 2019). 
  • 4 in 10 people living below the poverty line in the Omaha Metro worry they may run out of food (The Landscape Omaha).
  • 75% of students in Omaha Public Schools qualify for free or reduced lunch (The Landscape Omaha).

No one in Omaha should go hungry. You can provide their next meal. Will you help?

You can give early by visiting the Junior League of Omaha’s SHARE Omaha account here; enter GIVINGTUESDAY402 as your donation code to have your gift count towards the Giving Tuesday totals. 

You can learn more about the Junior League of Omaha and about participating in upcoming, COVID-19 friendly volunteer opportunities here.  

We can’t wait to see the power of ALL. Find your good with the Junior League of Omaha. 

Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes from Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving Cookbook

As the season of pumpkin spice swirls around us all, we wanted to share some of our favorite pumpkin recipes from the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook. These sweet treats are sure to make all of your pumpkin dreams come true! 

First up, Pumpkin Loaves with Caramel Glaze. Move over banana bread! Not only does this recipe have pumpkin and all of its spicy friends, we stepped it up a notch with a scrumptious Caramel Glaze. Both of these recipes can be found on page 184 in our Brunch & Breads section. This is the perfect way to start your day.

Next up, Pumpkin Butter Cake. Now you may have had St. Louis staple ooey gooey butter cake, but honestly once you add that pumpkin, spice and cream cheese swirl, you’ll never go back. This recipe can be found on page 196 in our Dessert section. 

And you can’t forget a traditional pumpkin pie recipe right? Well never fear, this isn’t your average pumpkin pie. Did someone say Caramel…Pecan….SAUCE? Yes, yes we did. The whipped cream is optional, but 10/10 would recommend. Find this decadent dessert on page 200

Finally, the moment you have been waiting for…the true star of the pumpkin show….

Our recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce! This is sure to wow your guests, family, or roommates this holiday season. And truly it couldn’t get simpler when it comes to the caramel sauce, as it is microwave friendly. Run, don’t walk to the grocery store to get these ingredients and give @jlomaha a tag when you make it. We can’t wait to share your photos. Happy baking and even happier holidays! 

Jillian Humphries

Cookbook Committee – Co-chair 

Junior League of Omaha – A Century of Serving 

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

# Servings: 12 Category: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gingersnap crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 32 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ⅔ cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 ⅔ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Caramel Sauce (below)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine gingersnaps and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl and mix well. Add the butter and stir until crumbs are moistened. Press over the bottom and 1 inch up the side of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until set. Wrap the outside of the pan with two layers of aluminum foil and place in a roasting pan. Add enough hot water to the roasting pan to reach 1 inch up the side of the springform pan. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the flour, 1 ⅔ teaspoons cinnamon and ginger. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating constantly. Beat in the pumpkin, bourbon and vanilla extract. Spoon into the crust. Bake in the hot water bath for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until just set, adding additional water to the hot water bath if needed. Let stand to cool on wire rack. Remove the foil. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cheesecake to loosen. Chill, covered, for 8-12 hours. 

Remove the side of the springform pan. Place the cheesecake on a plate. Serve with the Caramel Sauce.

Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • ⅛ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup (or more) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions:

Stir the sugar, corn syrup, water and lemon juice in a microwave safe 2-cup measure. Microwave for 4-8 minutes or until pale yellow. Let stand for 5 minutes or until rich amber, microwaving in 30-second intervals until the mixture is dark enough. Heat the cream in a bowl in the microwave just until hot. Add a few tablespoons at a time to the sugar mixture and stir until melted and blended, adding additional cream if too thick. Let stand to cool. Cover and chill. 

To learn more or purchase your own copy of the A Century of Serving cookbook click here.

Images by Joshua Foo 

Shop Small This Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is right around the corner! Celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is your reminder to shop local during the holiday season and remember that you are a key part of helping your local business owners thrive. 

The Economy of Shopping Small: Keeping it in the Community posted a report in 2017 showing that 42 cents of every dollar spent in a small business comes back to the local community in the form of salaries to local residents, payments to local suppliers, and sponsorships that support local schools, charities and other initiatives. 

One way you can support local business owners this holiday season is by purchasing Junior League’s A Century of Serving Cookbook at the area retailers stocking our book: 

  • Everbloom Floral & Gift (Loveland location only, 90th & Center)
  • Dusk Goods and Gifts (1234 S. 13th St, Suite 201 & 202)
  • Voila! Magdalene Blooms (4922 Dodge Street)
  • JH Interior Design (Clocktower Village: 721 N 98th Street)
  • Stir Coffee Bar (Legacy – 19650 Wright Plaza)
  • Salt Creek Mercantile (1502 Silver St – Ashland)
  • Made in Omaha (Countryside Village, Old Market)
  • Prairie in Bloom (1702 Cuming St.)
  • Village Pomegranate/The Linen Gallery (Countryside Village)
  • Village Grinder (Countryside Village, 87th & Pacific)
  • Clarkson Gift Shop (UNMC)
  • CornerStone Gift Shop (UNMC)
  • The Bookworm (90th & Center)
  • Mine Custom Gifts (114th & Davenport)
  • Spruce Interiors & Gifts (5022 Leavenworth Street)
  • Children’s Hospital Gift Shop (82nd & Dodge Street)
  • Reve (Rockbrook Village)
  • Hearts & Fire (Rockbrook Village)

Check out the link below for more information on our local wholesalers! https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/

40 Under 40: Alysia Radicia

Junior League of Omaha members Colby Jensen, Alyson Manning and Alysia Radicia won a 2020 Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, the 19th edition of the prestigious awards program for Omaha’s entrepreneurs, executives and professionals. This is part of a series recognizing the League members who won the award.

An interior designer, Alysia Radicia joined RDG Planning & Design in 2011.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work on some pretty amazing civic minded projects: Work at UNMC, the Women’s Center for Advancement, The Jewish Community Center – all organizations that are mission minded and work for the community,” she said. “I’m an avid volunteer and am constantly trying to do good in my community, having the ability to blend professional and volunteer passions is highly meaningful and impactful.”

Alysia is in her eighth year with the Junior League, currently serving as the Executive Vice President-Elect, a step-up position to Executive Vice President for the 2021-2022 League year. Other positions she has held include 2019-2020 Member at Large, 2018-2019 Development and Donor Relations Annual Appeal Coordinator, 2017-2018 Fundraising Council Director, 2016-2017 Done in a Day Vice Chair and multiple positions on American Girl.

2019-2020 Board of Directors including Alysia pictured on the far right

Alysia also spearheaded the League’s headquarters redesign in 2018-2019.

The League has helped her in so many ways, she says.

“I have had so many opportunities to learn and grow that I certainly would not have had in my professional career,” Alysia said. “At the beginning of my League career it was managing a committee of 23 working towards raising $70,000. Wow! The energy and effort involved in that; I learn financial organization, donor stewardship, communication strategies, logistics and planning, team development, marketing. Not every single element of these skills I used in my day-to-day, but my clients certainly do. Having this perspective has helped me in becoming their best advocate and consultant, I know what their role and work entails and I can help in ways that other designers can’t. Now, as I develop in my League career I am constantly gaining skills and insight on working with and developing teams. How to manage different personalities, how to build trust, effective means of communication, fostering empathy, being the best cheerleader and motivating various teams in achieving some pretty amazing stuff.”

Alysia is also active beyond the League with Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professional Council, Friends of Nebraska Children, Opera Omaha, Joslyn Art Museum Young Art Patrons, Share Omaha and Women’s Fund Circles. She is a Leadership Omaha Class 40 graduate.

“Be open to opportunities,” Alyisa said of her advice for other young professionals. “I am a firm believer in self-care, boundaries, knowing when to say no, but simultaneously you have to be open to opportunities when they present themselves. Sure, life is hectic and chaotic, but when asked to take on a new role, join a committee, or a new project, take a moment and reflect how you could learn and grow from the opportunity. Also, take stock on the fact that someone thought you were best suited for a particular role – you. Lean into what opportunities are in front of you while caring for yourself.”